The Outsourced War "Is Here to Stay"

An expert on military contractors, Deborah Avant talks about America's increasing reliance on these third parties in combat zones

It's impossible to predict the outcome of the war in Iraq. But it's already clear that this is the Contractor War. In the first Gulf War, the military outsourced only 1% of its work to private contractors, primarily for airfield maintenance. But this time, the figure is much higher -- exactly how much is in dispute (see BW, 5/31/04, "The Other U.S. Military").

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